Sunday, February 19, 2012

Left Hand Monkey Wrench: A Burnt Psych Tribute to the Grateful Dead (Prophase Music)

Prophase Music is stoked to announce the release of the long rumored, eagerly awaited Left Hand Monkey Wrench: A Burnt Psych Tribute to the Grateful Dead.

Five plus years in the making, this 3LP and 2CD collect some of the world’s best underground psychedelic artists paying respect to the original acid band. From well known names to downright obscurities, each song resonates with the sort of individualised psychedelia the Dead brought to their own cover songs.

Pressed on red, white and blue vinyl with artwork from Birds of Maya’s Jason Killinger and curated by Nice Pooper Fanzine, Left Hand Monkey Wrench is uh, tripped out! Coming in 2012!

Philly/NYC instrumental trio the Notekillers turn in a blazing guitar heavy take on one of the Dead’s early originals with “Cream Puff War.”

Georgia by way of Philly mod rockers Photon Band twist “He’s Gone” into a bouncy sunny psych jam

Genre defying Aleister X walks out of the club and down “Shakedown Street.”

Iowa’s Mondo Drag visit the vaults for a watery perfect take on “Rosemary”

The lush Lehigh Valley organic sound of We Have Heaven swells and envelopes “China Cat Sunflower”

Chicago psych punks Plastic Crimewave Sound meet up with the ultimate paint peeling improv guitar hippie, Djin Aquarian of the Father Yod "thing" for “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)”

Mellow down with the tri state area easiness of Twin Atlas as they make “The Wheel” all blurry.

Raunch the hell out with Philadelphia’s Birds of Maya on their ultra jam of the ultra Bobby “The Music Never Stopped”

Ethan Miller (Howlin Rain/Comets on Fire) crafts a slowed down epic out of “Til the Morning Comes”

Washington DC/Saturn’s Dark Sea Dream bleed “Fire on the Mountain” to the very essence of the riff and things turn utterly beautiful.

Japan’s psych heroes Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno make the sun come up in the West with a long, gorgeous take on “Eyes of the World”

Like a Fox hail from Philadelphia and turn “Cosmic Charlie” into a sound soaked shift changing blast from the noise pop future.

And what Grateful Dead tribute album would be complete with out a drum break? Kohoutek’s Nathan Bowles & Scott Verastro blast out and off with a “Drums” that will keep you twirling.

Croatia’s Seven that Spells rockets off with a precision take on “The Eleven”

Pouring High Water, a mysterious project from Japan turns in a slow motion drone epic with “Franklin’s Tower”

From NYC, La Otracina take “The Other One” into a tripped out metal prog war!

Things finish up with a smiling, life affirming take on “Ripple” from Baltimore’s Mopar Mountain Daredevils

Coming soon... stay tuned...

1 comment:

nicepooperzine said...

hi mike! pretty sure this will be up on itunes and other digital places, but prophase music would know for sure. thanks!